Should I Give Up Alcohol?

Since I’ve been on my health kick, I’ve had alcohol three times – once on a Saturday after a bloody stressful week, and a couple of times over Valentines weekend. I’m sure I’ll drink this weekend too since I’m going home today to see my family and celebrate a whole host of birthdays. However, since hitting the big 2-1, my hangovers aren’t what they used to be. At the tender age of 19 I was able to get some fresh air for 2 minutes and the headaches would subside but now it takes a whole day of moaning and a lot of greasy food to get me past it. Is this my body’s way of telling me to quit alcohol for good?


My group of friends are pretty big drinkers, and for the first two years of uni I drank a lot. I think most of my weight increase came from the litres of vodka and mixers I crammed into my system over that period of time. This has calmed down a lot recently but it just means that when I do go out, one cocktail turns into 5 cocktails and 2/3 of a bottle of wine. And not a nice head/tummy the next day.

A number of things, other than just the hangovers, have got me thinking about why I should stop drinking and I thought I’d compile a list of all the reasons I’ve come up with.

  • It makes my anxiety/depression worse – two drinks fine, three drinks usually messes me up a bit, an any more than that is just a disaster. I’m a mess the following day.
  • Weight gain – alcohol is full of empty calories that I don’t need in my system.
  • The last time I drank heavily in 2015 I ended up in A&E – read all about it here.
  • Money saving – every time I buy a bottle of wine, that’s a lipstick that I’m not buying. And I know what would make me happier in the long run!
  • I won’t feel like my liver is crying the day after a binge – do you get that too?

Let’s be honest, I’m not going to give up drinking completely. Sometimes that glass of rosé on a Saturday night is exactly what I need to chill out, and I like to be able to toast a special occasion with a glass of champers too. But I’m definitely cutting down and I’ve not really missed it over the last month (apart from after my stupid stress management courses which make me come out way more stressed that I go in).

What are you thoughts on drinking? I know it can be a touchy subject but I’m always interested to know.

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  • Claire

    While I can’ see myself ever giving up alcohol completely (gyal likes a Cosmo too much), I am with you in cutting down on so much ‘hard’ drinking these days. 1 My body also can’t cope with hangovers, and 2. My dignity can’t cope with all of the embarrassing situations I used to get myself in! I tend to drink a bit more sensibly now in the respect that I’ll make sure I stick to one drink when I’m out, not go too wild at pre-drinks (and often choose low-% drinks like alcopops, no longer caring if people say I’m lame haha!) and learn to say no to shots!

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  • Robyn Taylor

    Alcohol is a weird one! I think my personal view is that alcohol is so much better when you’re not drinking it 24/7. Treating yourself with your partner to a bottle of wine on a saturday night is so much more appealing when you’ve not been dealing with hangovers all week.

    I had to stop drinking just over a year ago because my liver got screwed by alcohol (I drank soooo much at uni) and I don’t really miss it at all because I really hate being ill and hungover! You save so much money too! I definitely think alcohol is okay, but only in moderation!

    Robyn / Phases Of Robyn

  • I barely drink anyway but being at uni I feel like I should. The last night out I went on was a couple of weeks ago but before that the last time was Halloween! I prefer ways of hanging out with people that don’t involve alcohol, they always seem like a lot more fun and you can actually remember it!
    Shona x

  • Kathryn O’Connor

    Throughout college I drank like twice a week and honestly, it was an awful time. I did it to block out feelings which of course made my anxiety and depression 10 time worse (bad choices by young and naive Kat) and mainly because my friends did it so often.
    Now that I don’t go out as much anymore, I really do not miss the stuff and when I do drink, I don’t enjoy the feeling anymore. Give me a night in with a Dominos over a night out anyday!

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

  • I understand completely!
    Gone are the days of three nights out in a row and surviving on a piece of toast and a black coffee. My hangovers are brutal and because of this, I make an effort to save heavy drinking for special occasions now. I also clear my schedule as much as possible for the next day so I know I’m not gonna be struggling.

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